May 25 – We are pretty much stuck in southwest Texas. The weather her is OK, but east and north of us are storms and flooding. Tomorrow we will attempt to begin to work our way home. Meanwhile I am posting a few photos from the Waimea Valley on the north shore of Oahu.        

May 13 – When we drove from Tucson to Ajo last month  we saw buds on some of the Saguaro Cacti. Today, driving back east from Ajo to Tucson, the cacti were in full bloom. These sentinels of the Sonoran Desert are magnificent in all their glory. I read that the Tohono O’Odham Indians, who have lived in the Sonoran Desert for thousands of years, consider Saguaro cacti relatives, and cherish the plants, the flowers and fruit.